§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurologists were practising in the NHS in each year since 1995; and what the projected numbers are for each year to 2005. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The information requested is shown in the table. There has been a 38 per cent. increase in the number of neurologists working in the national health service between 1995 and 2001.
Hospital medical consultants within the neurology speciality, England as at 30 September Number 1995 260 1996 260 1997 280 1998 300 1999 300 2000 330 2001 360
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census
The Department's current projections show the number of additional trained specialists who will be available to take up consultant posts in the neurology specialty, over the 2000 baseline. The figures in the following table are approximations.
Supply projections for the neurology specialty (based on 2000 census basement) Additional numbers of trained specialists available to take up consultants posts in the specialty year Head count 2002 30 2003 70 (390) 2004 80 (400) 2005 80 (410)
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
The baseline projections take into account outputs from training and retirements.
Other recruitment and retention measures include international recruitment, conversion of staff in other grades and delayed retirements. The projections assume that retirement patterns return to current levels after the NHS plan period.